A Portable, Solar-Powered, 15-Minute Ebola Test

  This article is part three of our ongoing series covering innovations in the fight against Ebola. For more in this series, click here.   Fifteen minutes. The time it takes you to go through your emails. The ideal length of a power nap. The time required for an Ebola diagnosis? A 15 minute point-of-care diagnostic test is being trialled at the …

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Seven Apps and Websites Changing The Landscape for Youth Mental Health

Mental health continues to be an overlooked and underfunded issue, despite suicide being the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year-olds globally. Over the last three years the team at Innovation Labs in the UK has worked to develop digital tools to improve young people’s mental health and well-being. The result? Seven well researched, expertly tailored apps and websites that offer a broad range of information and support for youth and those who care about them.

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New Drug Could Combat Postpartum Maternal Deaths

Childbirth complications are a leading cause of death for women in the Global South. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 130,000 women are killed annually as a result of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). An upcoming clinical trial seeks to curb maternal deaths with the introduction of a new drug that prevents excessive post-childbirth bleeding. The trial, set to launch in …

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Another Feel-Good App Wastes an Opportunity

  The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), works to improve the lives of children living in poverty by providing health care, clean water and sanitation, and emergency relief. New this year to UNICEF is the Tap Project, an initiative that seeks to provide children world-wide with safe drinking water through an app that purports to save lives if the …

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Making Vaccines Less Temperature Sensitive

Reports recently released by the WHO, and covered in the laudable journal Vaccine, credit breaking the cold chain for drastically reducing rates of Meningitis A across the Sub-Saharan African Meningitis Belt. MenAfriVac is the first Controlled – Temperature – Chain (CTC) vaccine to be administered in Africa. It was produced by the Meningitis Vaccination Project, which is a joint initiative …

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